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Prince William praised for using sign language to congratulate deaf award recipient at Buckingham Palace

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Prince William praised for using sign language to congratulate deaf award recipient at Buckingham Palace

It was back to normal programming today as the Duke followed in his mother's footsteps and shared his sign language skills.

Prince William praised for using sign language to congratulate deaf award recipient at Buckingham Palace

The Duke beamed as he signed ‘congratulations’ as he gave an MBE to sign language expert Alex Duguid, who has signed Emmerdale and Coronation Street for deaf TV viewers for decades. Duguid replied ‘thank you’. 

His mother, Princess Diana, learned sign language in 1983 as patron of the British Deaf Association. 

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Today The Duke of Cambridge used British Sign Language to congratulate Alex Duguid MBE, as he presented him with his honour at Buckingham Palace. Alex has been the face of popular British TV shows Emmerdale and Coronation Street for its deaf audience for decades, as a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter. He is an example of how profoundly deaf people can have an impact on their community, their peers and their country. He is passionate about BSL and the need to promote and protect it. Alex has spent the past thirty years giving up his time raising hundreds of thousands of pounds towards community projects benefitting South Tyneside’s deaf community, and teaching BSL classes through the organisation Signature, helping hundreds of people communicate with deaf people — visit @signaturedeaf to find out more about their work. Footage 🎥 courtesy of BCA / @bsl_zone / @newcastlechronicle

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Social media users praised William for trying to use sign language during the presentation.

‘How wonderful of Prince William to take the time to learn sign language. That is how a royal with integrity acts. So incredibly thoughtful.’ said one Twitter user. 

It has been a big few weeks for the Royal Family. Yesterday Prince Harry and Prince William released a joint statement condemning a media report stating “bullying” by the latter prompted the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s decision to step back from royal duties. Read more on this here. 

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